Monday, November 28, 2011

No un-cola expected for PA lawmakers

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The PA House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene at 1:00 pm today, Monday December 5th.  There are two education bills slated for second consideration in the House:

HB 1454, which would provide for value added assessment

SB 612, which provides for suspension of professional employees for economic reasons as part of a plan to reduce or control school district costs.


In Chester County, about 44 percent of the 95,300 votes cast for West Chester school board were for pro-public education write-in candidates

Posted: Sat, Nov. 26, 2011, 3:01 AM

As West Chester school board write-in counted, at least one challenger may have a chance

By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer

With 80 percent of the voting precincts tallied, members of a slate of West Chester School District write-in candidates have a shot at winning at least one seat on the board, their supporters say.


Automatic COLA raises average PA legislator's salary to just over $82,000

By Michael Hasch, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, Saturday, November 26, 2011
Fred Danchenko doesn't think it's fair that state legislators receive automatic cost-of-living pay increases — the latest boosts the average lawmaker's salary to $82,000 — when so many Pennsylvanians are out of work or have not seen a raise for some time.

Read more: Automatic adjustment raises average salary to just over $82,000 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Pennsylvania lawmakers unlikely to repeal law that awards automatic pay raises

Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 12:35 PM

On Thursday, Pennsylvania's state lawmakers will receive what many of their constituents would surely appreciate: their annual pay raise.


Philly school district readies next round of cuts

Posted: Thu, Nov. 24, 2011, 3:01 AM

By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer

The Philadelphia School District will begin making $14 million in new budget cuts next week, chief financial officer Michael Masch said Wednesday.


Should Value-Added Teacher Ratings Be Adjusted for Poverty?

Posted by on November 22, 2011
Education news by Sarah Garland -
In Washington, D.C., one of the first places in the country to use value-added teacher ratings to fire teachers, teacher-union president Nathan Saunders likes to point to the following statistic as proof that the ratings are flawed: Ward 8, one of the poorest areas of the city, has only five percent of the teachers defined as effective under the new evaluation system known as IMPACT, but more than a quarter of the ineffective ones. Ward 3, encompassing some of the city's more affluent neighborhoods, has nearly a quarter of the best teachers, but only eight percent of the worst.
The discrepancy highlights an ongoing debate about the value-added test scores that an increasing number of states are using to evaluate teachers. Are the best, most experienced D.C. teachers concentrated in the wealthiest schools, while the worst are concentrated in the poorest schools? Or does the statistical model ignore the possibility that it's more difficult to teach a room full of impoverished children?


Virtual schools are multiplying, but some question their educational value

Washington Post By Lyndsey Layton and Emma Brown, Published: November 26

A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight.
K12 Inc. of Herndon has become the country's largest provider of full-time public virtual schools, upending the traditional American notion that learning occurs in a schoolhouse where students share the experience. In K12's virtual schools, learning is largely solitary, with lessons delivered online to a child who progresses at her own pace.


Published Online: November 23, 2011

Virtual Ed. Advocates Respond to Wave of Criticism

Education Week By Ian Quillen
It's been a rough couple of months for the public image of K-12 virtual education.
Studies in Colorado and Minnesota have suggested that full-time online students in those states were struggling to match the achievement levels of their peers in brick-and-mortar schools. Articles in The New York Times have questioned not only the academic results for students in virtual schools, but also the propriety of business practices surrounding the use of public dollars for such programs.

EPLC School Choices Forum on 11/29 in Harrisburg

Sponsored by The Education Policy and Leadership Center

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Hilton Harrisburg Hotel


Franklin and Cumberland County Legislative Forum on Public Education

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET), Shippensburg, PA

Co-sponsored by The Shippensburg University Teacher Education Department and Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley.

RSVP here:



Use Education Voters PA website to contact your PA State Representatives today asking them to oppose taxpayer funded vouchers:

For more info/background -  PSBA's Tuition Voucher Issue Page

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